well. >> we should at least start talking? >> yes, i think so. >> as we heard earlier in the report the dispute over the territory in the east china sea drove a wedge between japan and china. what's your take on this, and how do you think the u.s. leaders view this issue. >> i think i'd like to say three things. one, we should restrain both of us, china and japan, and that's what we are doing. second, we should abide by international laws and norms. we should not resort to use of force or coercion. third, i appreciate very much that the u.s. is saying repeatedly that japan's security treaty, he is sfeshlly article 5, covers the island. because that constitutes an important deterrence. >> we see lately the chinese authorities have been more assertive here in asia.